Matanui bathytaton (Hardy, 1989)
Chatham deep-water triplefin
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Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  9.36 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 80 - 550 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Widely distributed in New Zealand.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Juveniles are found in shallow waters (12-80 m) then migrate into deeper waters as they mature (Ref. 13227). Eggs are hemispherical and covered with numerous sticky threads that anchor them in the algae on the nesting sites (Ref. 240). Larvae are planktonic which occur primarily in shallow, nearshore waters (Ref. 94114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 09.03.98
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.03.14

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